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Donatella Sechi

Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Italian

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !

105 Reviews
People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Lucca Area - Agriturismo 'Abbacca-là'

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms(1 or 2bd flat)+ Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps2-10)

Our small organic farm sits on a hill along Lucca’s beautiful northern countryside in the hamlet of Aquilea, with stunning views over the Valdottavo valley, the high peaks of the Apennines, and the National park in the distance. We produce our own olive oil, bake our own bread, make jams from our own fruit trees, prepare home-made yoghurt and classic Italian sauce from our own tomatoes, and grow a variety of vegetables.

Our solar powered and beautifully restored farmhouse has 3 comfortable, fully furnished apartments that will feel like home the moment you step inside! Each has its own entry on a lovely terrace where you can relax and enjoy outdoor dining, including pizza from a brick oven. At our above ground swimming pool, guests can enjoy sunbathing with an incredible view.

The 2-story apartment sleeps 4+2. The ground floor includes a kitchen/eating area and a sitting room with a sofa bed. On the second floor, there are two bedrooms (one has 2 twin beds, but can easily be transformed into a double bedroom) and a large bathroom with shower and a bathtub. A door next to the living room leads to an adjoining studio apartment that has a dinette kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom and sleeps 2. The two apartments can be combined into a large 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom apartment sleeping 6+2.

We have also an other nice,cosy Studio on the ground floor that is not adjoinable to the others and sleeps 2.

Since our 3 apartments can be rented separately as well as combined, updating is difficult and the calendar is not always correct. So, please send us your enquiry if you are interested in staying at our farmhouse.

It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.

Our love and respect for the environment can be seen in our organic farm with free-range animals, olive groves, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees. We use solar panels for hot water, to help with the wood boiler heating system, and to heat the swimming pool. We chose an above ground, moveable swimming pool because it has less environmental impact. We have two gazebos near the pool with photovoltaic roofs.

Here a car is really necessary. We have a special agreement with a car rental agency and can help you to rent a car with a cheap rate.

Driver service: If you don't feel like driving, the owner or one of her relatives can be your driver and guide: they can pick you up at the train station in Lucca or at the airport in Pisa or Florence, bring you to the farmhouse to get settled, help you to visit undiscovered surroundings and Tuscan beautiful towns.

Cooking lessons and catering : You can learn how to make classic Italian dishes in our large country kitchen and enjoy your meal in our lovely dining room. The owner speaks excellent English and is a talented cook. You can choose the menu with her, deciding what you would like for your delightful cooking lesson. If you do not feel like cooking, you can enjoy being served authentic Tuscan dinners for €25 per head.

Italian language lessons : We can organize Italian language lessons upon request.

Car or driver, cooking lessons or catering, Italian lessons – the choice is yours. Join us for a true Tuscan vacation.

Keywords: Farmhouse :

Cooking lessons and catering

Driver service

Italian language lessons

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Donatella Sechi (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Italian

About Donatella Sechi

Mt husband and I in the picture : we are in front of the facade where under the plaster we had found the date in which that part of the farmhouse had been built :1718 !

Donatella Sechi purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Donatella Sechi chose Lucca Area

This had being been our dream, we wanted to move to live in the country, but not too far from Lucca where we were working.

In 1988, a few monthes after the birth of our oldest son, we bought this abandoned property and step by step we renovated the building and we started replacing olive trees. We moved here in 1994 and after a lot of works in 2005 we were ready with the rental units. So finally I could devote myself to this full-time job.

What makes this farmhouse unique

When you arrive you immediately fall in love with the view of the mountains and the peaceful feeling that the view gives you. You can think to be really ina remote area, out and far from stressful life, while in 7 minutes you can reach Ponte a Moriano, trhat is the closest little town, where you can find everything you can need.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family (three adults, one child and two teens) thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at Abbacca-la. What a scenic location--everything you imagine Tuscany to be--and Lella, her husband, and their two dogs were so welcoming. The accommodation is not fancy, but more than adequate, and besides, we spent 90% of our time outside, hiking, cycling or exploring our new favorite town, Lucca. If you go, you have to schedule a cooking lesson with Lella, who is a first-class Tuscan chef. It was the highlight of our trip, and my kids are still talking about the gourmet pizzas, tomato/bread salad, and eggplant pasta.
Apr 2010
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Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !
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5

Everything we hoped it would be!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (traveling with two teenagers) stayed in the larger apartment in the farmhouse as part of a three-week tour of Europe. The rooms were large and comfortable and the extra space in the bathroom was a welcome change compared to what we were used to. The views were fantastic and we had wished we had more time to explore and hike around the property. We used this as a home base to explore Lucca, Florence, Pisa, and Cinque Terre. You must have a car to get to this property and the first time I made the drive I will be honest it was a bit daunting because of the hills and switchbacks. By the end of the trip our whole family was laughing at how easy the drive had become and how much we actually enjoyed it. As others have mentioned it was Lella who made this trip and our stay extra special. Literally one we will never forget! She is an amazing host. The cooking lesson was fabulous. The food was so fresh and flavorful. We loved that our teenage kids were able to make pasta from scratch and learn real Italian cooking. It was also fun meeting and cooking with the other family that was staying in the farmhouse. One of the highlights of our trip for sure and I hope one day to get back to Lucca and visit Lella again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful, charming Italian farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

The adventure begins as you make your way up the winding road to this wonderful farmhouse. Fortunately, the owners provided an excellent set of instructions. With those instructions and our GPS, we found the home with no problems. Lella was warm and welcoming and made us feel at home immediately. There is a beautiful courtyard beside the home where you can dine or simply sit and relax. We found the accommodations spacious with more than enough room for the four of us adults. The washroom is particularly large with a window that looks out over lush hillsides.

One of the real treats of staying at this farmhouse was getting to participate in one of Lella’s cooking classes. Not only was it a lot of fun and a good educational experience, the opportunity to share in the meal that we had helped to prepare was wonderful. Pasta never tasted so good and the Semifreddo was amazing.

During our stay, we took a ride on the walls of Lucca, spent a day exploring the towns of the Cinque Terre, enjoyed a visit to Siena, and drove the beautiful road (SP13) from Barga to Seravezza – a very scenic ride with little traffic.

Do yourself a favor and visit this beautiful region of Tuscany. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic visit in the mountains of Tuscany!!!

  • 5 of 5

There were 5 of us visiting, ranging in age from 24 to 74 years old. The accommodations were very clean, comfortable and inviting. The farmhouse is nestled in the mountains with an old Spanish ruins about a 30 minute hike further up the hill. Lella and her husband were wonderful hosts. We took a cooking class with Lella that was outstanding!! One of us was gluten free and one was a vegetarian and she had no problem accommodating us. We made traditional Tuscan dishes using local grown ingredients. The olive oil Lella makes herself from their olive trees. It was the best meal I had in Italy. Lella also made us breakfast in the morning, homemade yogurt, bread and jams, again outstanding. I would highly recommend a visit here, a quiet, beautiful, and thoroughly enjoyable vacation. Thank you Lella

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Everything we could have hoped for.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 arrived late in the day after our drive from Florence. Upon arrival we were ecstatic as the farmhouse was everything we could have hoped for and more. Lella was so thoughtful and her preparations made us feel most welcome. Not only did she show us the property, but we were provided dinner even on such short notice, and with two young children, we were so relieved after a long drive. During our week we had cooking lessons and wonderful breakfasts with Lella. Her cuisine is as good as it gets, and what a wonderful environment her kitchen is! With the view from the window and the fresh produce from her garden it was inspirational. I will recommend the farmhouse to all my friends and family and we certainly look forward to returning. Thank you Lella again for everything!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serenity in Italy

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four stayed at this beautiful villa and property. Lella and her husband were wonderful hosts and even provided pasta and sauce for us to make dinner our first night after a long drive. There is a large grocery store nearby which was very helpful for us since we were trying to limit our eating out everyday. Lucca and Pisa are an easy drive from the property. Be sure to walk the trail up to the monastery ruins. It is not as far or as hard a hike as it looks and the view is worth it. We love our apartment and felt right at home.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Stunning views and made to feel at home

  • 5 of 5

Lella was a great host. She showed us the property and offered us suggestions on where to eat great local food and where to go to taste and purchase wine. We took a cooking class with her and the food and wine were wonderful. My kids loved making the pasta and the dessert. Great location to stay and to travel to Pisa and Cinque Terra. Be sure to purchase the olive oil that they make there! Thank you for a wonderful Tuscan experience!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeff and family, thank you for your kind words and for having chosen our farmhouse for your stay. We look forward to meeting you again when you'll be back in our area Lella
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Location

Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Aquilea
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Ponte a Moriano
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Lucca
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mastiano
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Viareggio
Car: necessary

You can walk in 30 minutes to the ruins of romanic church that can be seen from our farmhouse. It?s a fantastic spot with a wonderful view of the area and the valley !

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Aquilea, Piana di Lucca

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It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.

On the time of booking we ask for a 30% deposit, the balance can be paid cash on arrival or if through credit card a week in advance your arrival.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Lucca Area in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • One Studio has a very comfortable bathroom for DISABLE PEOPLE. The large unit (2 bd) on the first floor has a very large bathroom with shower and bathtub. Each Studio is on the ground floor and has a bathroom with shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), so in case we can have 4 double beds. Child Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sleeps 2
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
we are very flexible for our guest needs and we like to be helpful so please just ask if you have any question and we'll make our best to let you have your stay a relaxing and unforgettable holiday

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